Dunedin to get new fire station, but will pay more
The good news: Dunedin is finally getting a replacement firehouse.
The bad news: Even after rejecting original contractor bids because they came in a half-million dollars too high, the new station will still cost the city roughly $400,000 more than architects originally estimated.
Even so, city engineer Tom Burke says what will ultimately be a $1.95 million contract with CRS Building Corp. of St. Petersburg is a good price for market conditions.
Designers, sent back to the drawing board by city commissioners, swapped out a few building materials in an effort to lower the price.
But City Manager Rob DiSpirito said the raised cost couldn't be avoided because the cost of construction has gone up in the 18 or so months since architects drew up blueprints. Other factors that he said increased the price: reluctance of contractors to lower prices in this improving economy, cost differences between Dunedin and the region where the original estimate was made, and additions to the project, such as an upgraded vehicle exhaust system.
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